When Tom Kelly, owner of Vitrix Glass went to work for Bob Rockwell in 1982 he had no idea that glass would end up playing such a major role in his life. Mr. Rockwell is the world’s leading collector of Carder-Steuben glass. Under the guidance of Mr. Rockwell, Kelly had the opportunity to handle and examine the work of Frederick Carder.
After working for Mr. Rockwell for three years, Kelly’s attention was drawn down the street to the glass studios of Alex Brand and Thomas Buechner. After much persistence, he was offered part time employment at both studios where he had the opportunity to learn from two distinctly different artists each having their own unique talents. Eventually, Kelly found himself blowing glass full time with Thomas Buechner III at Vitrix Hot Glass Studio.
Over the next ten years, Kelly’s glass working skills and aesthetic sensitivity continued to develop. When Buechner made the decision to leave glass to grow in another direction, Kelly was ready to take over ownership of Vitrix.
“Hot glass challenges me constantly” says Kelly, “I don’t think I really control the molten glass, I just influence it” Each piece is made of uncompromising quality and craftsmanship. “I’m passionate about bringing the craft and design together to give each piece its own character”
• The Corning Museum of Glass
• Victoria and Albert Museum
• Museum fur Kunst and Gewerbe
• High Museum of Art